Professionally, Nusreta Sivac is a judge and worked for the general court in Prijedor from 1978 to 1992. When Karadzic’s SDS party overthrew the legal institutions of the government in Prijedor, with the help of military and police forces, Nusreta Sivac, as a Bosniak, was immediately dismissed.
On June 9th, 1992, she was deported to the extermination camp “Omarska” where she experienced the worst of rapes, physical and psychological maltreatments as well as imprisonment. Together with other imprisoned men and women, she witnessed countless crimes, murders, and executions. On August 3rd, she was transferred to the camp “Trnopolje” from where she was released after five days. Shortly after her arrest and transfer to the camp, one of her Serb colleague moved in illegally in her apartment.
Therefore, after her release, she had nowhere to stay and fled the city of Prijedor under the hardest circumstances. She made it to Zagreb, Croatia and became active with the association “Women Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina” that was headquartered in Zagreb. This organization was principally concerned with the problems of the many expellees from Bosnia-and-Herzegovina in Zagreb and in Croatia.
Above all, she seeks to make the public the truth about the war events that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina and especially the imprisonment and torture of the concentration camps. She participates to many worldwide events and conferences on these themes.
Herself a victim and a witness, Nusreta Sivac can speak very well about the crimes that prisoners, men and women, suffered. Her goal is to execute the principles of law and justice. She wants to refer to the crimes by their real name and to see those responsible for them and all other war criminals condemned and punished. As judge and lawyer with an extensive professional experience, she has advised many women, some from the organizations for which she is active, others from individual men and women who needed judicial advice but who had no money for a consultation with an official lawyer.
Although Nusreta Sivac was aware of the dangers and risks awaiting her in Prijedor, she nevertheless returned because of her belief that only concrete, on-site actions can change the situation for the better. Despite the somewhat more significant returns of non-Serbs, the security situation in Prijedor is, like earlier, not very good. There are still encroachments against Bosniak returnees. Nusreta Sivac, too, is subject to a big danger in Prijedor. On the very first day of her return, a big inscription in red letters turned up on her door: “OMARSKA!” (This is the name of the camp in which she was imprisoned. It was precisely against criminals from this camp that she spoke out). In this respect, she experiences daily provocations like trash being dumped in front of her door. Moreover, Nusreta Sivac must find it particularly difficult that one of her torturers, against whom she is turning, has been prematurely released from jail and has returned to Prijedor. He now lives in her immediate neighbourhood and she runs daily across him.